New York is known the world over to have yellow cabs but now, in a fitting tribute to the ‘Big Apple’, they are turning green.
The new bright green cabs, scheduled to hit the city’s busy roads by June, were unveiled by Mayor Bloomberg on Sunday.
The fleet of livery cabs – known as ‘Boro Taxis’ – will be allowed to pick up passengers outside of Manhattan and in Northern Manhattan above East 96th and West 110th Streets.
Apple green: The new fleet of green taxis will be allowed to pick up passengers outside Manhattan and in the north of Manhattan
They are being introduced following a law passed in February which allows the 7 million people living in areas outside central Manhattan to hail taxis.
Previously only yellow cabs were allowed to pick up punters from the street which led to an estimated 100,000 illegal hails happening daily.
The city are issuing 18,000 Boro Taxi permits, with the first 6,000 becoming available in June. The permits cost $1,500 each and will be valid for three years.